Roman Catholic Diocese of Tortosa

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Diocese of Tortosa
Dioecesis Dertosensis
Diócesis de Tortosa Spanish
Diòcesi de Tortosa Catalan
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Country Spain
Ecclesiastical province Tarragona
Metropolitan Tarragona
Area 6,450 km2 (2,490 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
260,449 (89%)
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrow in Tortosa
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Enrique Benavent Vidal
Metropolitan Archbishop Jaume Pujol Balcells
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Website of the Diocese
Zones of the diocese.
Territorial municipal divisions of the diocese
Territorial Archpriest divisions of the diocese

The Diocese of Tortosa is a Roman Catholic diocese in Catalonia and Valencian Country. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Tarragona.[1][2][3] Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Benavent Vidal of Valencia has been Bishop of Tortosa since 2013.[4][5]


The Diocese of Tortosa gives a certain foundation to an ancient historical region that, despite having no political representation, shares common historical, cultural and linguistic ties. This territory is known as Ilercavonia in academic and scientific circles.[6]

The territory of the historical Diocese of Tortosa was greatly reduced during General Franco's dictatorship, following the Concordat of 1953 between the Francoist regime and the Vatican. Under the pretext of adapting the dioceses to the civil provincial limits the Consistorial Congregation, bending to the wishes of the dictator,[7] broke up the traditional region of the Diocese of Tortosa:

Bishops of Tortosa since 1512[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tortosa - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. ^ "Diocese of Tortosa" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Diocese of Tortosa" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
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  6. ^ La Ilercavònia encara és viva
  7. ^ Stanley G. Payne, Franco's Spain, London 1968
  8. ^ "Archbishop Pedro Manrique de Lara, O.S.A."] David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 5, 2016

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Coordinates: 40°48′49.39″N 0°31′17.61″E / 40.8137194°N 0.5215583°E / 40.8137194; 0.5215583